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Limited '13 Kapcsándy Allocation - RP100 "Grand Vin” & RP97 "Estate Cuvée” - 11/18/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

With its perfect 100-point score and comparisons to Chateau Latour by Robert Parker, the legendary status of the 2013 Kapcsándy’s Grand Vin Cabernet is incontestable. Parker was so utterly taken by this epic 2013 that he wrote: “this is a staggeringly great wine and another tribute to the Kapcsándy family’s extraordinary professionalism and meticulous attention to detail.” Such high praise catapults the “Grand Vin” into must-have territory for those who collect the world’s elite bottlings. Wines of this caliber are few and far between and never stay in the market for long, so quick action is a must.

Almost as exciting, and a wine we can’t keep in stock for more than a few days, is Kapcsándy’s 97-point Estate Cuvée. A truly elite bottling in its own right, it counts among one of the more striking opportunities we’ve seen in 2017. It is one of the few high-end Napa, top vintage, Cabernet-based bottlings that truly outperforms its price point. Kapcsándy's 2013 Estate Cuvée is a masterpiece that exudes elegance and depth, is a potential 30-year wine, and perhaps as far as your money can go in collectible Napa these days. Any and all who appreciate top-tier Napa Cabs will want this remarkable bottling in his or her cellar. With the potential to reward for decades upon decades, this is a wine to turn to time and again.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 $549.99 View
2013 Kapcsandy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 $134.99 View

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2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($549.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Little can be added to the greatness of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine (600 cases) is truly stunning in its dense, crème de cassis and blackberry-scented nose with a hint of barbecue smoke and forest floor. Tasting like a ripe vintage of Château Latour from Pauillac, the wine has amazing richness and a savory, expansive mouthfeel, but tiptoes across the palate like a ballerina. A wine of magnificent richness and intensity, but vibrancy, purity and overall equilibrium, this is a staggeringly great wine and another tribute to the Kapcsándy familys extraordinary professionalism and meticulous attention to detail in their vineyard.The Kapcsándy Family Winery, with their State Lane Vineyard on the Yountville crossroad, burst on the scene just over ten years ago and now has 20 acres planted, producing just four cuvées. The 2015s saw the earliest harvest ever at the estate, commencing and finishing before the end of September, and producing strikingly rich, intense wines that are open-knit and opulent, with sweet, well-integrated tannin. (RP)" (10/2016)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most captivating, exquisite aromatics imaginable. A wine of arresting allure and total sensuality, the 2013 simply has it all. Today, the 2013 is a mere infant, but its personality, pedigree and overall class simply can't be denied. An exotic mélange of lavender, violet, sage, mint and wild flowers are laced into the finish. Kapcsándy moves from strength to strength with these current and upcoming releases. The 2012s continue to blossom in bottle, even though this is the lightest-bodied and most accessible vintage of the 2012-2013-2014 trio here. Things get more serious with the 2013s, wines that confirm the towering presence and profoundness they showed when I first tasted them in Spring 2014. (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot) (AG)" (10/2015)

98 points James Suckling: "Incredible black currant, blueberry, stone, oyster shell and violet. Subtle and complex. Sweet tobacco. Full body, superb density and flavor. Great length and structure. A wine that is complete and complex. So much aging potential. Linear and dense. Better in 2022." (05/2016)

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2013 Kapcsandy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($134.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pinnacle for Bordeaux varietals in the 38 years that I have been tasting California wines is 2013. There is just an extra gear in all of the wines, great acids, profound concentration and wonderful integrated tannin and massive concentration that should ensure an incredibly long life for all of the top efforts. In many ways it is a more recent version of 2001. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, spent 20 months in oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. They made 750 cases of it and it is a fabulous wine that is not far from being another perfect example. A classic, almost Médoc-like blend offers up notes of forest floor, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, a touch of barrique, a saturated purple color, and, once past the gorgeous aromatics, a wine of phenomenal intensity, spectacular texture, length and overall balance. Look for it to evolve for 30 or more years. (RP)" (10/2016)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Estate Cuvée is dark, powerful and explosive, but also super-refined. Floral and spice notes appear first, followed by a host of balsamic-inflected overtones. Beams of tannin and acidity give the wine much of its energy, but the Estate Cuvée is, above all else, a wine of exquisite purity and finesse. I will not be surprised to see the 2013 show even better in another few years. With time in the glass, the 2013 fleshes out a touch, but the best is yet to come. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "This shows wonderful tension and form with chocolate, currant and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very tight and stylish. Needs time to soften. But beautiful texture. Better in 2018 but who could wait." (05/2016)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Crafted by the late winemaker Denis Malbec from Chateau Latour in Pauillac, this vintage of the State Lane Vineyard Cuvee from Kapcsandy is reminiscent of the Médoc style, which demonstrates Malbec's depth of experience and artistry. Notes of ripe violet, red juicy apple, chaparral, black cherry and rose petal converge in a condensed but medium bodied palate, with fine, grainy tannin. There is a wonderful balance and elegance to this richly textured and powerful wine, which suggests excellent aging potential. This is one to decant for a few hours and drink now, but will easily cellar for 20+ years.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Remember back in the day when '07 Dominus was released at $135 and it was the best deal going on in collectible Napa from a top vintage? That's what Kapcsandy '13 Estate Cuvee is today. High scoring, Bordeaux-inspired, elite producer, and immaculately crafted. This is not your inky purple Napa cab but instead a reserved (13.7%), elegant, graceful, and precise style. Silky texture, with deep red-to-black fruits - this is a wine that will develop tremendously over the years. All the parts are there. If you're going to open now decant it for a long time, but I'd advise holding for 5-10 years and drinking over the next two decades.